Internship Program for Postsecondary Students


To provide college students interested in future Federal employment with experiential learning opportunities related to their academic studies. Students must be U.S. citizens enrolled in colleges or universities (to include graduate and law shools). The educational institution must be accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. No employment relationship is created between the government and the student by virtue of participation in this program.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/03/2014 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: Office of the Secretary
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements).
Program Accomplishments
In 2005, 110 students received internships. It is anticipated that a similar number of students will receive internships in fiscal years 2006 and 2007.
5 U.S.C. 7201.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Accredited universities and colleges (2- year, 4-year, graduate and law schools) and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Postsecondary educational students who wish to have experiential training at the Department of Commerce. Students may be assigned to work in Federal agencies other than DOC.
An applicant should propose an intern program design that represents a comprehensive approach to a work-study experience and its own philosophy about workforce preparedness. For the purposes of the proposal, plans and budgets should be presented separately for the summer and academic year sessions. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for institutions of higher education and with Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
A standard application package is required. This includes SF-424, SF-424A, SF-424B, CD-511, CD-346, SF-LLL (if applicable), Project Plans, and Budgets.
Award Procedure
A notice of availability of funding will be published in the Federal Register and on website. Each responsive application will receive an independent, objective review by a panel qualified to evaluate the applications submitted. The final decision on awards will be based upon the numerical review panel ranking, availability of funding, and Selecting Official's determination of which proposals best meet the objectives of the program, specifically related to ensuring who will best reach the targeted audience of intern candidates.
Contact the information contact for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Applicants should be notified of approval or disapproval within 120 days from deadline date.
If an application is selected for funding, DOC has no obligation to provide any additional future funding in connection with that award. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the total discretion of DOC.
How are proposals selected?
The following criteria will be used to evaluate applications: Quality of Program Plan, Proposed Costs, Key Personnel Qualifications, and Capabilities of the applicant Organization.
How may assistance be used?
Selected institutions will perform the following functions: Outreach and recruitment, application process and referral, selection notification and follow up, logistics, including temporary housing and accommodations, orientation and communication, enrichment activities program, intern personnel and pay administration, intern supervision, intern monitoring, intern evaluation, program evaluation, and evaluation reporting. The number of available internships will vary depending upon the financial position of the potential host offices and bureaus. Student opportunities will be primarily located in the Washington,DC metropolitan area; however a limited number of opportunities may exist outside of the area.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Department of Commerce Standard Terms and Conditions require performance and financial reports to be submitted semi-annually. Final reports will be due within 90 days of award expiration.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003); Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations; nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records will be retained in accordance with provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 for institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The award period for the internship project will be 3 years and three months. Funding will be provided annually at the discretion of the DOC and will depend upon satisfactory performance by the recipient and availability of funds for the DOC to continue funding the project.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Ms. Cynthia Brice, Office of Human Resources Management, Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230. Telephone: (202) 482-6402. Beverly Manley, Office of Acquistion Management and Financial Assistance, Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230. Telephone: (202) 482-1370.
Headquarters Office
Office of Human Resources Management, Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 07 $1,270,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$196,209 to $513,550; $288,898.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
15 CFR Part 14.
Examples of Funded Projects
Project activities are designed to give college students an opportunity to gain experience in public service that will foster future employment in Federal government agencies or public service in general.


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